Huppert questions government over immigration cap

November 8, 2010 11:36 AM

HuppertMP Julian Huppert has questioned the government on how it believes the planned immigration cap will affect research and high tech businesses.

Julian raised the issue with Home Secretary, Theresa May in a written question because he fears that the move will prevent highly skilled academics and researchers coming to the UK.

He asked what research had been commissioned and evaluated on the likely effects of the proposed immigration cap on academic, scientific and technological research and the high-technology industry.

Julian received a reply from Immigration Minister, Damian Green saying: "We have made it clear that we want to continue attracting the brightest and the best to the UK. As part of this commitment, my right honorable friend the Home Secretary launched a consultation over the summer to ensure that we gathered a wide range of views and evidence, before announcing our plans for the first full annual limit.

"The consultation is now closed and we have received a high volume of responses which are being carefully assessed. The government will announce its decisions in due course."

Julian said: "It is crucial that this proposed immigration cap does not keep out the very people that we need and on whom we rely to further our research and help us succeed in business.

"The UK is a world leader in education and research and I am anxious to make sure our reputation is not damaged by this decision. It is imperative that the government carries out a full and detailed risk assessment of this policy."

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